linux and non-bootable windows partition on second hard disk
i have two hard disk, 40 gb each. one is having win98 fat32 file-system.On the other i wish to dedicate 20gb to linux and keep 20 gb for data common to both win/linux.
i have following doubts.
1) should i install linux first or create the 'common data' partition
2) if i install linux first,whether i can format the win partition on my second drive thru linux and simply copy the files? will it work?
3)if i create the common data partition what type of partition will it be primary/extended-logical
4) i wish to know where to put the linux partition , the first half or the second half of my second hard disk?
5) i wish to install Fedora Core3, and also would like to have the option of trying out new distibutions of linux. how to go about the arrangement of directories under linux, to support (future) multiple linux distribution.
making linux partition future ready to cater multiple distro
now i know how to go about installing linux and the shared partition.
though one thing still bothers me is about multiple linux distros.
i will use the FC3 distro for my programming/surfing/e-mailing etc. i would need to try out the other disros just for seeing how they look and work. i'll be maintaing my work basically on FC3.
(hope i am making sense!)
i have 512m ram and i know i'll be needing three basic partitions for linux as /(root) ,/boot,/swap. So out of 20gigs, whats your say on the follwing configuration?
remaining(~9G) future distos.
1) what to do of remaining partition(~9G)whether to keep it unused or keep it visible thru linux.
2) also will this gap(~9G),if i keep it unused, between linux and win
partitions will cause any problem to hard disk?
3) also how much space does a normal distro needs so that one can have the look and feel of it? this will help me define an upper limit on no. of distros i may have at a given time!
Re: making linux partition future ready to cater multiple di
That partition table looks fine to me
Originally Posted by rohitsz
1) You can format it during the install, or you can leave it as nothingness untill you want to install another distro;
2) No the gap will not affect anything;
3) I think you can run a distro pretty well with about 2GB or evr less, but it all depends on how many packages you want to install, but I ran SuSE 9.1 very happly on 6Gb with a tone of 700MB downloads, and a good lot of packages and games;
hope this helps;
overcoming windows hard disc bug
one last query though, when i define partition for linux(/(root),/boot,/swap) and then if i choose to leave the shared data partition untouched then i need to make the fat32 partition for win. i read some where there is this windows bug that each drive need to have the last partiion a win partition so as to make it(the drive) recognizable under a win OS. how to overcome this?
simply stated, how to assign the last 20G to win partition, as i guess the partitions are assigned one after the other without any gaps. correct me if i am missing some info here.